Omuthiya responds to Mushelenga

30 August 2019 | Local News

Urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga has confirmed to Namibian Sun that he has received a report from the Omuthiya town council motivating their decision to not renew the employment contract of town's CEO Samuel Mbango.

Mushelenga, who in a letter dated 2 August, instructed the councillors to provide him with a detailed report on their decision before 19 August, would not share any information contained in the report. During a council meeting on 3 June, the councillors resolved not to renew Mbango's contract. Mbango has taken the council to the labour court for unfair treatment.

“I have received a complaint from the CEO regarding the non-renewal of his term and I have enquired from the town council as to why and they have responded to my letter.

These are internal communications between the ministry and its local authority,” Mushelenga told Namibian Sun. Sources at the council said that the said report was compiled by the top four councillors alone, the remaining three not being involved.

The council is said to be divided, with three councillors in favour of Mbango's reappointment while the top four are opposed to it.

Namibian Sun earlier reported that during the 3 June council meeting, it was resolved to not renew Mbango's contract. The top four councillors include mayor Katrina Uusiku and her deputy Heskiel Nanyeni, management committee chairperson Beata Nashongo and committee member Enos Shipahu. Mbango, who has been at the helm since the town council was established, confirmed that his contract was expiring at the end of this month and would not be renewed.

He said he had reported the matter to Mushelenga as well as the labour commissioner, but declined to give any further information.

It has been reported that Mbango's letter to Mushelenga on 10 June listed alleged irregularities by the top four councillors – Uusiku, Nanyeni, Nashongo and Shipahu - whom he accused of leasing plots to themselves without ministerial approval.

A source in the council said Mbango's matter was heard by the labour court at Ondangwa this week and was postponed to next month. The ACC also confirmed they are investigating corruption allegations at Omuthiya.

ILENI NANDJATO

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